The 28 best Wii games!

Nintendo's most popular home console since the 16-bit era is providing some amazing new gameplay experiences. Here's 28 games no Wii fan should miss.

  • #7: Okami

    Okami was the definition of buried treasure when it was released for the PlayStation 2. With its second release on the Wii, gamers once again had the opportunity to witness Okami's refreshing watercolour art style and Zelda-inspired combat as they helped sun goddess Amaterasu save classical-era Japan from darkness. This port is still undervalued, yet one of the highest rated games to ever be released on the Wii.
  • #27: Mercury Meltdown Revolution

    A sleeper hit, Mercury Meltdown Revolution took the winning formula from its PSP predecessor-featuring a glob of Mercury trying to get from point A to point B-and implemented the Wii's unique motion controls into the mix, creating an incredibly original and insanely addictive experience! Levels were colourful and challenging while still remaining fun enough to hook even the most casual of players.
  • #10: Boom Blox

    At first glance, it's easy to write off Boom Blox as a Jenga wannabe, but it's SO much more. Boom Blox sports hundreds of crazy physics-based puzzles, all comprised of block towers that you can take apart with well-aimed flings of the Wii Remote. Most of the fun comes from playing with your pals, as you scrutinize every level to gain the most points possible. It looks simple, but Boom Blox is truly a thinker's game. Best drinking game for the Wii too.
  • #20: Bully: Scholarship Edition

    In Bully's Scholarship Edition, Bullworth Academy had more classes, more missions, and more craziness for Jimmy Hopkins to deal with — and it was every bit as sweet as before. With new mini-games clearly based on already-existing Nintendo games, you could actually learn something by going to class! Living out the whimsical life of these boarding school brats was a blast, and we're hope for a college-edition sequel to come out soon.
  • #1: Super Mario Galaxy

    Formerly known as Super Mario 128, the release of Super Mario Galaxy solidified the Nintendo Wii as a console that any kind of gamer couldn't go without. Mario's long-awaited return to 3-D platforming was made all the more amazing by inventive gameplay and unforgettable levels that said 'so long' to the laws of gravity and physics. With Super Mario Galaxy, Nintendo proved once again that the plucky plumber's still got plenty of tricks to show off, and he's just getting better with age. On top of everything else Galaxy has going for it, it's easily one of the best looking (and shiniest) games on the Nintendo Wii yet, with graphics comparable to those seen on its next-gen console competitors. Welcome back to the world, Mario. We missed you.
  • #6: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

    It's hard to imagine that Nintendo could out-do the perfect blend of action-packed brawling and nostalgia present in the GameCube's Super Smash Bros. Melee, but amazingly enough, the company managed to pack in more moves, better characters (including two long-requested third-party kings in Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake), and online play! Whether you're playing online with strangers, in the same room amongst friends, or by yourself in the new expanded single-player Subspace Emissary mode, Super Smash Bros. Brawl will entertain and recall fond memories for hours on end.
  • #9: No More Heroes

    When the motion-control concept for the Wii was announced, thousands of fanboy brains immediately gravitated towards one franchise; Star Wars. Almost two years have passed, and that dream has yet to be fulfilled. While LucasArts is working overtime to produce The Force Unleashed and Clone Wars Lightsaber duels — they may have been beaten to the punch by UbiSoft and Grasshopper Manufacture, the publisher-developer team behind the stylish action title No More Heroes. With a dorky protagonist, a Lightsaber-esque weapon, buckets of blood, and lots of inspiration from icons of pop-culture like Kill Bill, Star Wars, and 8-bit gaming, No More Heroes is made for the hardcore gamer nerd in all of us.
  • #13: Wii Sports

    In terms of sheer popularity, Wii Sports is one of the most important console pack-in titles since Super Mario Bros. with the NES and Tetris with the Game Boy. A collection of five meaty mini-games — golf, tennis, boxing, bowling, and baseball — Wii Sports highlights the excellent motion-control aspects of the Wii perfectly. With the ease of use for every game catering to the casual, with enough gameplay packed in to pique the interest of the hardcore, Wii Sports is one of the most accessible games ever made.
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    #28: Order Up!

    Cooking games go with Nintendo like love and marriage, horse and carriage — Order Up! is no exception. The Wii's unique controls are utilised extremely well when you're in kitchen, and the rapid pace will have you feeling like a master chef. Even when you're not chopping vegetables and mixing spices, Order Up! adds another layer of depth by letting you shop for recipes, hire extra kitchen help, and spruce up your restaurant with extra tip money.
  • #17: WarioWare: Smooth Moves

    Wario is at his best in bite-sized minigames, and Smooth Moves was no exception. The Wii's take on WarioWare challenged us with gameplay that tested our reflexes with tons of motion-based tasks. If you've got friends over, there's nothing more fun than watching them flail around in a vain attempt to keep up with this game. The characters were crazy, the mini-games were wacky, and the experience was perfect for Wii parties.
  • #5: Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barabaros' Treasure

    While many players were put off by Zack & Wiki's cutesy art style and cartoonish presentation, they also ended up missing out on one of the deepest point and click adventure games in years! With amazingly deep puzzles that would leave you scratching your head for hours to lush, wondrous environments for Zack and his monkey pal to explore, Zack & Wiki was the shot in the arm that the Wii needed, but sadly enough, went almost entirely ignored.
  • #4: Super Paper Mario

    The nostalgia fest of Super Paper Mario truly changed everything we thought we knew about perspective. The game's main gimmick of spontaneously shifting from two to three dimensions on the fly was pure genius. Super Paper Mario also brought back levels and characters that were clearly styled after their 8-bit origins, mixing things up with entirely new gameplay, puzzles, and challenges. This game was meant to hold Nintendo fans over for Super Mario Galaxy, but it proved to be a leading act all by itself.
  • #18: LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

    Putting the entire story of Luke, Darth Vader, and the rest of the Star Wars cast through a LEGO filter was seen by many gamers as a gamble, but each title was better than the last. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga was an epic adventure, especially when you heard genuine lightsaber sound effects though the speaker on your Wii Remote. The levels were huge, popular characters could be replayed anywhere, and even the space combat didn't disappoint.
  • #2: Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition

    Many people considered Resident Evil 4 to be a perfect game when it was released on the GameCube and PS2 in 2005. When the Wii version released two years later, gamers everywhere were raving about the improved control scheme, courtesy of the Wii Remote and Nunchuck. Fighting off hordes of Las Plagas was more intense than before, especially since every time you trembled, your aim did too. Sure, Resident Evil 4 came out on two platforms before the Wii, but for diehard RE fans in search of the ultimate Resident Evil 4 experience, they should look no further than the Wii Edition, which was more intense due to the aiming/shooting/stabbing mechanics introduced with the Wii exclusive controls.
  • #21: Rock Band

    Like we really need a description for this one. With Rock Band Wii, Harmonix proved that even with customization limitations and downloadable content cut, the music simulation could still make you feel like trashing a green room after only a couple of sold out performances. With a wide range of tracks and all of the fun of the other versions, Rock Band Wii wasn't just another port: it was an experience.
  • #24: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles

    Will shooting zombies ever get old? Not if companies keep making games like Umbrella Chronicles. A spin-off of the classic survival horror franchise, Resident Evil, Umbrella Chronicles is an on-rails light-gun shooter oozing with atmospheric tension and dread; the gory zombie busting action will keep you entertained long into the night and there are plenty of secrets to uncover. Best of all, it makes perfect use of the Wii Remote's point-and-shoot capabilities. Our suggestion to you: turn down the lights, turn up the sound and play through the game with a friend. Killing zombies is much more fun and survivable if you have someone watching your back.
  • #11: Mario Strikers Charged

    It doesn't matter if you live for soccer or you think that a shinguard is a really tiny guard that protects lower legs, Mario Strikers Charged is some of the most fun to be had on the Wii. There's a reason we're still playing Mario Strikers Charged here in at GamePro HQ, well over a year since it's arrived in our office. The fast paced arcade play is extremely balanced, with every character offering distinct advantages and disadvantages. The items are set at the exact right power — good enough to provide a potential advantage, but still something that can be overcome with enough skill. Charged is the best arcade style soccer game we've ever played.
  • #14: LostWinds

    Lost Winds encapsulates what WiiWare is capable of. It's gorgeous, original, and only possible on the Nintendo Wii. While the game is every bit as feature-filled as any disc-based games, the amazing-looking platformer is at home on the download service, where the more hardcore fanbase will find it. With your Wii Remote's movements dictating the wind, it's one of the most intuitive yet immersive ways we've seen the accessory utilized. If we can continue to see this calibre of gaming on WiiWare, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network will have a tough new competitor.
  • #12: Mario Kart Wii

    There's something for everyone in Mario Kart Wii. For the dedicated fans of the series, there are plenty of classic tracks remixed with a glorious Wii sheen, for newer fans, there's plenty of crazy new tracks as well as the addition of motorcycles. And for folks who frustrated online gamers by snaking through Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii has an online mode, ready for you to practice your cheap racing tactics against.
  • #8: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

    For the first few months of the Wii's lifespan, it seemed like the console was ill-suited for first-person shooters. Between the ambitious underachieving launch title Red Steel and the awful version of Far Cry that was a shadow of it's high-def self, the console's immersion factor took a major hit from some early flops. Thankfully, Nintendo righted that ship by publish another stellar chapter of the Metroid Prime saga. Retro Studios found a control method that managed to balance shooting, aiming, and movement on the Wii Remote and Nunchuk while keeping the game faithful to its GameCube roots. There may be a bit less exploration and a bit more action, but it's still another amazing adventure you'll enjoy taking with Samus.
  • #16: Wii Fit

    Wii Fit may seem like an exorbitantly-priced game, but what you get for the money makes it one of the biggest bargains. With the Wii Balance Board, you get a highly-accurate weighing scale that also happens to be the most innovative controller since the Wii Remote — one that will surely be incorporated into many first and third-party titles coming soon. Along with the board comes Wii Fit, which features both effective exercises as well as enjoyable active minigames. When you consider that the price won't get you more than three months at a local gym, Wii Fit is one of the best gaming — and fitness — deals around.
  • #19: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

    Radiant Dawn, the fine wine for strategy fanatics, played and looked excellent on the Nintendo Wii, providing one thing the console lacked since its launch: a solid tactical RPG. In a series famous for its unflinching difficulty (if your characters die, they STAY dead), developer Intelligent Systems made a gutsy call by allowing players to save in mid-campaign. But for RPG tacticians who wanted a challenge, Radiant Dawn was the first light on a barren horizon.
  • #23: Trauma Center Second Opinion

    The cold hard fact is that 90% of you will never be doctors and for good reason: a) it's freaking hard work and b) you're not qualified to save people's lives (seriously, we wouldn't trust you to put a band-aid on our finger much less root around in our guts). So it's a good thing that the Trauma Center series exists because you can try your hand at the whole life-saving thing from the safety of your living room without fears of malpractice lawsuits. Second Opinion is basically a remake of the DS title, Under the Knife, but it adds slick Wii Remote functionality into the mix. It's completely over the top but it's ridiculous amounts of fun; you can't call yourself a gamer until you've carefully removed shards of glass from some poor schmuck's spleen with a pair of forceps. It's just too bad you can't also bill the guy for your services and buy a virtual Lamborghini so you can cruise around town with your hot trophy wife.
  • #3: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

    How do you ensure a successful console launch, especially when said console features a unique control scheme that is completely different from one that gamers have become accustomed to? Step one is to bundle a fantastic game-Wii Sports-into the box and step two is to release a title from one of the most beloved franchises in all of gaming. That was the one-two punch combination that Nintendo employed to ensure the Wii's success. Originally pegged as a GameCube release, The Big N did the smart thing and went back to the drawing board with Twilight Princess and included Wii Remote functionality. Of course, a lesser company would have botched the job, leading to a messy final product that no one would have enjoyed. But this is Nintendo we're talking about: all they did was take a game that would have been great anyway and added a layer of complexity that made Link's epic adventure even better. The Legend of Zelda franchise is so revered that anything less than an instant classic would have been seen as a failure: thankfully, Twilight Princess lives up to the high bar set by previous titles. It's an absolutely stunning game, with gorgeous graphics, clever level designs and a great dose of action. What makes Twilight Princess even more noteworthy is that it opens up a brand new chapter in the series in terms of potential; just imagine what the next Zelda title, completely designed with the Wii in mind, will look and play like.
  • #15: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King

    This WiiWare title from Square Enix was part Harvest Moon and part Sim City, with all of the charm of a Final Fantasy title. Taking on the role of a young king you were tasked with re-constructing your kingdom one building at a time, from various shops to homes, to whatever your citizens needed. My Life as King proved not only a fun and inventive Wii title, but a great way for Nintendo to kick off their WiiWare service.
  • #22: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

    Even though the Wii version of Guitar Hero III featured a more complicated controller set-up than its next-generation brothers, the results were well worth it. Not only did Wii rockers have access to exclusive characters, but attaching the Wii Remote to your guitar turned it into a portable speaker. The best part of this hook-up was feeling the Star Power rumble in your hands, which none of those other guitars could do.
  • Nintendo's fifth video game console, the Wii, has only been on store shelves for less than two years (and that's not counting the months after its release where it was impossible to find in stores), but it's already building an extensive library of excellent games. Read on as we name the 28 games every Wii owner should play!

  • #26: Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy

    In the gaming equivalent to strapping a stick of dynamite to a castle in LegoLand, Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy was an innovative strategy title, allowing you to create ships and weapons from the ground up from your own designs, and then blow the living hell out of your friends with your custom warships! "Creative" is an understatement.
  • #25: Geometry Wars: Galaxies

    With the Wii version of Geometry Wars: Galaxies, being able to wirelessly connect to your DS copy of the game was a huge benefit for this enjoyable port. All the gameplay that graced the first Geometry Wars was made even more addictive by travelling through a multicoloured galaxy, unlocking various planets and systems to access more levels. Add in the inclusion of the pristine original game, and you've got yet another Wii port that can last you for a long time.
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